“Float”: A Grandma Learns to Swim
[mellow music][birds chirping] [water gurgling]This feels so nice. It does.[water gurgling] [birds chirping]Good girl, no stomach aches, no nothings.[Carol indistinctly chatting]Wait, so now I’m sitting, wait-[Carol] What if you have to hold the phone?Okay, hush a minute and let me tell you,all the years I used to read on the toilet.[Caryl] Yeah, with your head
[birds chirping] [water gurgling]
This feels so nice. It does.
[water gurgling] [birds chirping]
Good girl, no stomach aches, no nothings.
[Carol indistinctly chatting]
Wait, so now I’m sitting, wait-
[Carol] What if you have to hold the phone?
Okay, hush a minute and let me tell you,
all the years I used to read on the toilet.
[Caryl] Yeah, with your head down.
My head bent down. Exactly.
I got to drink my coffee fast, Carol, hold on.
Tinky’s looking at me, so give me a minute.
[grunting] [cup clanging]
That’s her little Starbucks.
Every morning she waits for it.
[Caryl indistinctly chatting] [cup scrapping]
Caryl Ann, do you realize all we spoke about
for the last 1src minutes or 15 minutes is,
this hurts, that hurts, we need to-
[Carol] No, no.
We spoke about food.
Got it. Everything is an attitude, we can’t act old.
[Azza] You could start by introducing yourself.
Well, you want me to talk about how old people are?
I’ve got a couple things to give you.
I can show you Jewish arms.
You know those.
Uh no, wrinkles and under eye
And can I tell you, it’s all been fun.
There should be less
importance to how one looks,
rather than how one has lived.
All healthy now.
Sit and eat.
Tink you’re a movie star.
Why are you filming me?
[Azza] Because you’re cute.
If I would’ve known that you’re going to film me
I would’ve shaved and cut the hairs in my nose.
I need somebody with muscles.
[Azza] Okay, hold on. Hold on.
[Azza] What do you-
What’s on your bucket list
for the rest of your life?
As I told you at lunch,
these are the things I want to do before I die,
I want to ride a two-wheeler bike
and I want to learn how to swim.
And hears that my mischief grandchildren,
they swim in the ocean in Puerto Rico
and nobody, and my son-in-law’s, a master swimmer
and Jackee, my daughter,
comes here and swims in the pool in Scottsdale,
5src laps back and forth
and not one of them taught their Bubbe how to swim.
Okay, tell me what to do.
Pull it up?
Okay. Do you see a little tushy crack?
[Azza] I’m not getting your tush.
You could get it, with my love handles.
Okay. – It’s okay.
We’re doing this, The real McCoy.
The only thing is I never had this bathing suit on,
I’ve got to see how it fits.
This is a day, a very important day in my life,
Because when I was young,
I was very busy doing everything for everybody else
and I never took care of myself in my day
and I never had parents that exercised,
because they were busy working,
they were first generation European
so they didn’t know from exercise,
they knew from going to work every day,
putting a roof over our heads and having food on the table.
So, until I had my own kids
and then I saw them exercising
and running and doing and lifting and whatever they do,
and then yogaing and whatnot.
So I saw, I have to take care of myself too,
but I still didn’t.
Now, all of a sudden
going to be 82,
please God, I should live till the 11th of February,
I’m on a kick.
I’ve had enough stuff wrong with me
to understand I have to take care.
I look like Kid Rock.
[light slapping] [laughing]
This is the hat.
Somebody’s got to-
It doesn’t work really good but at least it’s-
No, it has to be much tighter.
Could somebody help me?
Because you all ready got-
Woops a daisy.
[Azza] Okay, stay right there.
I got it too big,
I got a medium and I should have gotten a smaller-
Okay, I’m pulling it.
Is that too tight?
No. Yes. – Good?
Yes. Just like that.
Okay. Is that good?
Honey, my thumbs don’t work great. Yeah.
Oh, you want me to get this zipped up?
This is going to be a joke and a half.
Oh, that was pretty good.
Honey, this isn’t me, whoever’s looking,
this is the bathing suit ruffle underneath this suit.
Okay, get ready for the Tink,
she thinks she’s coming with.
We got to have somebody drowned in the pool
and Bubbe’s going to jump in and save them!
Yes, take them and swim with one hand on my back. Yes.
[chuckling] God, I’m nuts.
[water gurgling] [birds chirping]
[Swim Instructor] Can you point your toes
and then flex your toes?
So point, yep, flex, now point.
[Judy] You cover your head
so that you always know someone is above you.
[Azza] Are you not scared of dying?
No, I’m not.
What I’m afraid of is, like my daddy, aleha ha-shalom,
I don’t want to die in a hospital hooked up to crap.
Take that word out!
To all the
stuffs, that I don’t want. I’m not afraid.
I just want peace and quiet and that’s all.
No, I’m not afraid of dying.
from what I hear,
I’m a k’nocker now, ’cause I’m sitting here and I’m healthy,
wait till I’m waiting on my last breath,
you’ll ask me again, I may change my answer.
All right, you can stop. – Was that 1src,
I forgot. – That was more than 1src.
That was good.
Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick.
I’m arching my back. – That’s okay.
And my feet are hanging down.
It’s okay. You can stick your
feet up more. – But I’m still floating.
Floating feels like,
Like I’m almost in
You don’t feel anything.
You can put your towel on.
I don’t know what to cover up first.
[Tink snorting and sighing]
Uh oh, my hearing aid just went off.
I just heard it. – Is it buzzing?
I need a new battery. – Is it buzzing?
I love that we’re so old.
[Carol] Did you hear the new thing,
Medicare’s going to be paying for-
No, I don’t have that kind of Medicare.
[Carol] What kind is it?
[Judy] I don’t know. Do I know?
I wouldn’t know if it hit me in the eye.
David takes care of all that stuff.
Boy, if we had that kind of Medicare,
would I have the most gorgeous mouth
and teeth you ever saw in your life?
[Carol] I have tee-
I have dental and I-
I know. And I don’t have any of that.
[Carol] I know.
Nothing, no vision.
And she told me it’s 8,srcsrcsrc- – I know.
Wait- – And I don’t pay premiums.
You’re not listening.
8,srcsrcsrc- – ‘Cause they don’t pay-
[Carol] You froze.
You’re freezing. I can’t hear you.
[Carol] Oh my God. – Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
You have to get my age to appreciate your age
and that’s a pity.
You have to get older to realize
how many years you wasted.
There you go.
How did that feel?
I have a newfound admiration for you
even as we’re sitting right now,
I feel nervous about being filmed.
And you- – Not me.
And you are never nervous.
Why are you nervous?
Because, you know,
I’m in a bathing suit
But look at- – And now I know
what it feels like
to be in nervous bathing suit- – She’s nervous and then
are you look at this? – In front of a camera.
I know. – Oh my God.
That’s one of the good things about getting older.
Go ahead, sing, sing, sing.
♪ Happy birthday to you. ♪
♪ Happy birthday- ♪ [laughing]
My voice is not good.
Okay. We know your heart’s
in the right place. – All right, I love you.
And you mean it.
82 and many, many, many more,
please God, for both of us.
You’re starting a bonfire here.
It’s okay. I’m going to blow out now.
I’m going to hope I don’t spit all over the cake.
Can I eat this? – Okay.
We’re going to cut it like this.
Pops, you get the first-
No, just cut-
We’ll share a piece.
Here’s the woman
and the woman could have a little bit of this too.
This is the Tinket. – Oh, she’s going nuts.
That’s okay. This is my Tink.
[David] Love you.
[Judy] Well, say it some more
[David] You’re supposed to say, I love you too.
[mellow music] [water gurging]
[mellow music] [indistinct chattering]